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Photo Gallery / A Bunch of Mule Pics
« on: May 15, 2018, 11:37:11 PM »
These were taken over the past few months in various parts of my home country.

DSCN4839 (2) by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN4842 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN4846 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN4862 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN1894 - Copy by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN1909 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN1901 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN1941 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN1950 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN1977 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN1960 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN1986 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

Photo Gallery / March 2018 Woods Run
« on: April 20, 2018, 04:49:35 AM »
A few shots taken the first part of March over in Montana. Three of us partook in this run. Spent 3 days on it.

DSCN1822 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN1823 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN1832 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN1834 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN1869 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

Army Models / 2ND GEN
« on: April 05, 2018, 06:43:00 PM »
Pic was taken this evening. 4/5/2018
DSCN1891 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

Wads, Lubes, Patches, Cleaning Supplies, etc / Mind Your Bees Wax
« on: March 24, 2018, 07:36:39 AM »
A bee keeper gave me this partial bucket of grungy wax years ago just after I got into making my own bullet lube. Right after I got it, I renedered down enough for my needs and tossed the bucket in a shed. Well, the damn bucket was in my way yesterday while rumaging through the shed, so I decided to get it all cleaned up and stored properly.

I end up melting each batch down 3 times to remove all of the dirt and bee parts. The muffin pan on the stove and the round pan on the right have been melted once. The one on the left twice.
DSCN4833 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

After each batch has cooled, the bottom layer can be scraped from the cake of wax to get rid of the crud.
DSCN4835 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

A close up view of what the raw wax looks like.
DSCN4834 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

And here sets two nice and clean cakes ready to be wrapped and put away. I will end up with 4 total cakes this size when finished.
DSCN4837 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

Conversions / New Model Army Conversion II
« on: February 02, 2018, 07:03:05 PM »
Spent some time in the woods with this revolver today. Wore my new Johnston rig for the second time now.

This piece is a damn fine shooter. It functions perfect and does not foul out. It is not near as good looking as a Colt and does not come close to the feel of one, but it for sure is reliable.

The wide, lighter weight belt wears quite comfortably. Having a money belt is a new experience for me and I am finding that it is a very good way to carry a single action cartridge revolver.

I have a ton of belt rigs that I have made for myself, but when I get to use one from another craftsman that I know personally, it adds a whole bunch of enjoyment and pride that is not present when I wear my own rigs. I really don't have a good way with words to explain what I am trying to convey, but I feel sort of cocky, like I am the owner of limited edition rig. The rig might be something that I could duplicate, but would never have the same feelings using one made from my own hands.

I have a powder horn that causes the same effect when I use it. It was made in Ohio. The builder has seen some of my horns and asked my I would bother to buy one from another builder. I did my best to explain my feelings.

There is a very high degree of honor that builds up in me when I am able to put to use the gear and accoutrements made by the hands of other crafstman. Perhaps that statement alone explains what I was trying to say.

Thanks Mike, you will likely never know just what this rig means to me.

DSCN1797 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN1793 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN1794 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

1873 SAA Colts / Colt SAA
« on: February 01, 2018, 06:03:22 PM »
Took these pics of my 3rd gen shooter on this very same day and am posting them strictly for entertainment purposes.

DSCN1767 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN1746 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN1765 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN1764 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN2673 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

Smokeless Single Shots / The Finest Looking 22 Rifle
« on: February 01, 2018, 04:09:06 PM »
I find myself hard pressed to look at, handle, and shoot a single shot 22 rifle that has more appeal than a Stevens Favorite. It does not matter if it is of the 1894, 1915, or 1917 version. The very fact that it is a true lever action is the greatest attribute. They simply remind me of a diminutive 1885 Winchester rifle. Very gracefull overall in the architecture, and made in such a manner where form and function meet at a very pleasing point. They are just flat out damn fine looking pieces.

The one featured here is a 1917 modle. It is one of the few better examples of untouched and well preserved original rifles that I own. I was out shooting it today and got to feeling mighty lucky and fortunate on some of the blessings that have come my way as far as fire arms possession goes. That very feeling compelled me to take and share some pictures with you men.

Every time I shoot one of these original rifles, I get to go back in time when American craftmanship took on a distinct degree of style and sense of pride. They say you can't live in the past, but I do not live by that cliche. I do such a thing several times each week in some form or another. Always remember what ol Locke once said several hundred years ago. "As nothing teaches, so nothing delights more than history."

DSCN1763 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN1745 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN1760 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN1757 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr


Leather / Fresh Off The Bench
« on: January 31, 2018, 10:15:20 AM »
Made for my Richards Mason 1860 conversion. The holster and belt are made from 9 oz. veg tan. The billets on the belt, along with the pouch and knife sheath are made from 7 oz. The holster is of the California pattern with a triple recurve throat and open toe. All pieces were moderately boarder stamped and colored an even "light brown" with Fiebings dye. I used linen thread to hand sew the rig. The pouch will hold an ample supply of twenty 44 calibre cartridges. The belt uses a brass center bar harness buckle to secure it on my waiste.

DSCN1742 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN1743 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

Photo Gallery / Off On Another Venture
« on: January 27, 2018, 12:24:04 AM »
I have spoke of doing this for some years now. Well, the talk is done, it is now going to happen. I brought this john mule home last weekend. Mike and I are going to put together a string. Before I take up the rocking chair, I am going to go and hunt and look at some even wilder Idaho backwoods. And I will tell you boys this, we got some wild, untouched country in these parts.

I have seen many cool parts of Idaho due to the efforts of my own hind leg, but now that I am long in the tooth, it is time to take advantage of a little assistance and go a little higher and deeper. I already have some experience with mules from my guiding days, but now it is time to have my own stock and do it on my own accord.

I somehow think that this new course will be my finest attempt to live life like it should be. I have done some cool stuff with my 18TH Century ventures. I have also cut timber and fought wild fires all over the North West and Alaska. I have rebuilt miles of trail in the Clearwater Mountains. I ran a pack of Walker hounds and caught many a lion. I have hunted and taken several wagon loads of game with the spot and stalk method. I have done a lot of cool stuff, but I have never owned my own mules. I never thought I could. Well, by golly, it is gonna take place now just as sure as I speak. And if one of these mules breaks my neck in the high country, well then, it was meant to be. But by golly, this just might be my last risky adventure before I take up the rocking chair. And here are some pics of one fine damn mule that stands at 16 hands high. He is gonna go to work in the mountains very soon and like what he does.

DSCN1733 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN1722 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

Lead casting / Scored some more free lead
« on: January 24, 2018, 09:07:33 PM »
This piece weighs 70 pounds. It is fairly soft, but from the looks of the oxidization, I suspect it has an alloy added to it. I am thinking it is tin. I will know more when I melt it down to pour into ingots and then do a hardness check with my Saeco tester.

I never got to talk to my old log cutting partner that dropped it off on my porch while I was gone. He recently had the chance to take it off of some guys hands and was thinking of me when he grabbed it up. All he told me is that it came from a small scale bullet making outfit that had shut down.

It pays to live in a small community surrounded by some good people. They know a bit about you and when something like this becomes available, they immediately say, "Why yes, I do in fact know a guy that would put that to use."

Even though good free lead is getting harder to come by these days, I somehow keep manageing to have it land in my lap. I will soon figure out a purpose for this latest supply.

DSCN1697 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN1699 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN1698 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

Projectiles / Johnston & Dow 36 Calibre Paper Cased Bullets
« on: January 09, 2018, 10:01:34 PM »
Recently aquired a 36 calibre Lee mould that copies the original Civil War era Johnston & Dow bullet. The bullets come out just fine cast from pure lead. I have made up some cartridges the past few evening and will shoot them soon enough. They are rather easy to constuct. I have no doubt they will work just fine, based on my previous experience with a heel based conical and paper enveloped cartridge. These bullets have a tapered heel and a generous lube groove. I will mess with them out of a Uberti Civilian version of the 1861 Navy. They load into the chambers in a slick manner and are of a sufficient diameter to ensure a good seal. I have lubed the grooves with my home made recipe.

These moulds make up some fine bullets for a percussion Colt. I am glad that Lee jumped on the band wagon. It has been long over due.

I will let you know just how well the bullets performed.

DSCN1676 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

Other Models / 1872 Again
« on: January 06, 2018, 01:55:17 PM »
Been a while since I have featured this shooter. I always enjoy time with it and display a bit more personal enthusiasm than most of my other revolvers whenever I shoot and handle it. Enjoyed some time ringing gongs on this rather pleasant winter day. And since photos of it are no longer present, thanks to PB, I took a few fresh ones for the forum.

DSCN1670 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN1671 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN1672 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

Photo Gallery / A New Year Woods Run
« on: January 02, 2018, 06:06:19 PM »
Hit the timber with my buddy Mike. The other fellers could not make this trip. The snow was bad due to a warm up in temps followed by 36 hours of heavy rain. My feet were as cold and wet as they have ever been on a winter trek. We made a good camp and was rather comfortable after some hard work making a bedding nest of fir bows and putting in what wood we could find. The wood supply was poor in these parts. It turned off cold and then froze up the water soaked snow. The trip back out was a SOB. Very hard walking it was, and hard on the feet, ankles, and knees. The snow would support your weight about every third step, and then you would break through. Contrary to what one might assume, there is not that much support when only wearing moccasins.

The woods were very quiet and dismal most of the trip. All of the game had long since migrated to the lower elevations. All we saw was one Pine Squirrel. Other than that, we had a Coyote come in close to camp two different times and wake us up with the yipping and howling. The darkness is awfull long this time of year and after a few hours of comfortable sleep, one spends the rest of the time waiting on daylight to come. This venture of experimental archeology has been quite a trip over the years. I could of written several books on the thoughts and experiences that I have witnessed.
But it is what it is, and Mike and I always deal with what ever conditions are present when we choose to hit the woods 18Th Century style. It does not seem to matter anymore. I guess we have just about been through it all by now as far as winter weather goes. We justified this trip by claiming that it keeps us from sitting in a warm living room in a chair getting fat!!!!!!!!!!!!!

After failing to find a suitable place to camp, we hung out bed rolls in order to lighten the weight and continue to scout.
DSCN1641 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

Ol Mike heads off up the ridge further and I will take off across the draw onto the next ridge looking for better conditions.
DSCN1642 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

Ah, this piece of ground will do just fine.
DSCN1645 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

First duty is to get a warming fire going. After a half hour of work, some dry wood has been located and secured, some bark cut to serve as a barrier, and the flint and steel kit brought out in order to gets things done.
DSCN1646 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

Slick as a whistle, flame is going in no time. This day in age, starting a fire with nothing but the material on hand in the woods, and a flint, steel, char, and tinder has no importance. But it is all I ever need to keep from getting frostbite in the winter. To me, it is a good skill to have when you run in the woods the old way.
DSCN1648 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

A fully servicable camp is now in order. We each have one good wool blanket to pass the night away in comfortable fashion.
DSCN1650 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

It is a rare occasion that I ever remove my socks in winter time, but damn, my feet were so wet and cold that the fire was just not cutting it. Therefore,  I stripped down to bare feet and Mike soon followed. I could not resist taking this pic of our old ugly cold legs and feet!!!
DSCN1658 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

Knives, Swords, 'hawks, etc / A Very Nice Bowie
« on: January 02, 2018, 03:49:25 PM »
This piece was made upon request for a good friend of mine. The maker of the knife is from North Idaho. My friend then asked me to make up a sheath for it. It is one fine knife and tough as hell. You could beat a full grown moose plumb to death with the handle and never even touch him with the blade. I am gonna miss having it around the place now that the sheath is done.

DSCN1665 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN1666 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN1667 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

Henry / A New Henry Sling
« on: January 02, 2018, 03:42:50 PM »
Planned on getting a sling for this rifle 20 years ago. Now it seems, a good one cannot be found, only phony ones. So I bought some hardware and made my own. I copied a sling that I knew about, based on a period rifle, but I do not know the origin of the sling. It differs from other patterns that I have seen. There are not very many surviving examples.

Anyway, everything worked out just fine and the sling is a fine addition to this particular Henry. There were a few times back when I packed this rifle along on cougar hunts that I wished it already had one. Better late than never I suppose.

DSCN1664 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

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